REFLEXIONS ON THE PAN-AMERICAN GAMES
Aren’t you watching
the Pan-American Games? I think I hear many Cubans asking. Of
course I am! I answer; I can hardly get my eyes off the TV set.
Sometimes I forget about the time when I should take some meal or
pill. And then I complain because no one dared to pull me away
from a baseball inning when the game was quite even, Mayeta was
batting, two men were on base, and there was one out.
I, as much as you,
have lived through the vicissitudes of such matches. It could be
a women’s volleyball match between Cuba and the United States, in
which our team played a perfect game. Our women’s and men’s
handball teams were amazing! What a speed! What a strength!
I do not miss any
of the sport events broadcast on TV: weight-lifting, tae-kwon-do,
rowing, cycling, beach-volleyball. I have watched the women’s
rhythmic gymnastics singles. I realize that that beautiful sport
has been promoted from the children’ category to the Olympic
category. The most outstanding winners in this sport are girls;
no one older or heavier can beat them.
Tomorrow will be a
fateful day in many sports: the dispute among important
collective sport teams will begin. Please consider that I am
writing this on Tuesday afternoon. We have just won the third
gold medal of the day with an injured athlete. That was a heroic
feat. Right now the last qualification game in women’s handball
is still in progress. Brazil women’s team is a hard nut to
crack. I watch the game and I write some lines.
Finally, at 4:25
pm, the Brazilian team won 32 to 28. Both teams will go to the
finals: they will be competing to win either the gold, silver, or
At 4:50 pm I saw
the broadcast of the rowing match where our team won two gold
medals. I watched some excerpts of the men’s gymnastics singles.
Athletes in this sport are in general very young, but they are no
At this time of the
afternoon, 5:45pm, I have nothing more to add.
Fidel Castro Ruz
July 17, 2007